CrossTalk

| MCM staff

XML is a hot favorite for e-commerce transactions, but universal usage standards remain elusiveA pianist can rely on hours of practice and his own neural

Patagonia, Holiday 1999

| Sherry Chiger

If your idea of winter sports is running from your heated car to your heated house, any old jacket will do. But if you prefer, say, skiing Alaska’s Chugach

LEAP, CLICK, SHIP

| MCM staff

In his popular book The Fifth Discipline, business management guru Peter Senge describes what he calls the “Parable of the Boiled Frog.” If you drop a

talking heads

| MCM staff

“Has the recent downturn in Internet stocks affected your business?”I don’t believe we’ve been affected at all, to tell the truth. We see no signs of

Deluxe assortment

| Barbara Arnn

How does the expansion of Internet-based sales alter the picture of payment processing?It’s a money-colored thing Remember when you were a kid and you

PACKAGE INSERTS

| Shayn Ferriolo

Mailers say no to e-tailer inserts Catalogers prefer to stick with the programs of their peers With the Internet offering a viable new channel for remote

Tote Up the Tab

| Rama Ramaswami

Just as online retailers are getting the hang of the physical aspects of fulfillment, along comes another surprise: the sheer expense of the whole business.

Rack & Roll

| Rama Ramaswami

What’s trendy, up-to-the-minute, and to die for? A distribution center that’s equipped to the max for e-commerce, of course. Take a tour of SubmitOrder.com’s

Obedience Training

| Ron Hounsell

When customer satisfaction is at stake, it doesn’t pay to stand out from the crowd. How to ensure that vendors comply with performance requirementsThe

a hero’s task

| MCM staff

At least once in your life, you will be charged with setting up a sizable direct-to-customer fulfillment operation in a short time. If you’re in the dot-com